International Students Day

Almost half of young people in tertiary education

The average male student in Slovenia is named Luka, is 23,1 years old and is studying in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction. The average female student in Slovenia is named Anja, is 23.7 years old and is studying in the field of social sciences, business and law.

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On 17 November 1939, the Nazis occupied the student dormitories of the University of Prague. More than 1,200 students were sent to concentration camps, and 9 of their representatives were executed. The International Students’ Day symbolizes the fight of students for human rights, a democratic society and against discrimination.

In the 2015/16 academic year 47% of the population in Slovenia aged between 19 and 24 years were enrolled in tertiary education. In total, 80,798 students were enrolled in tertiary education, of whom 42% were men and 58% were women. Most men were enrolled in the fields of engineering, manufacturing and construction (32%) and the fewest in the field of education (3%). The most popular field of education among women was social sciences, business and law (32 %), while the least popular was agriculture (4%).


In the 2016/17 academic year, 3,090 (4% of all students) were foreign students from all over the world. Most of them came from the countries of former Yugoslavia: Croatia (23%), Macedonia (21%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (18%) and Serbia (8%). Many also came from the neighbouring Italy (7%). Fewer students came from Austria (0.8%) and Hungary (0.3%). For example, more students came from far more distant Turkey and Ukraine (1%).


In 2016 we recorded 30,967 graduates, mostly from the social sciences, business and law (35%). The fewest students graduated from agriculture (3%). Most men graduated from engineering, manufacturing and construction (31%). The largest share of women graduated from social sciences, business and law (39%).

Residence at the time of study

According to the population census carried out in 2015, most students studied in Osrednjeslovenska (50%) and Podravska (21%) regions. Of the students who lived in the Osrednjeslovenska region, 84% studied in the Osrednjeslovenska region. Of the students who lived in the Podravska region, 70% studied in the Podravska region. 21% of students who lived in the Podravska region studied in the Osrednjeslovenska region and 3% of students who lived in the Osrednjeslovenska region studied in the Podravska region. Osrednjeslovenska was (with the exception of Podravska) the first choice for study of students in all the Slovenian regions.

72% of students lived with their parents or one of their parents. 816 students lived in marriage or a consensual union, of whom 434 had children. 277 students were single parents, most of them were female (255). 15% of students lived in student dormitories.

Life after graduation and the search for the first job

The analysis of graduates from 2013 showed that the largest share of unemployed graduates came from the social sciences, business and law (39%), while the lowest share came from agriculture (4%). Regarding the total number of graduates in each sector, the largest share of registered unemployed persons came from humanities and arts (9%), while the lowest share came from health and welfare (4%).
Tertiary education graduates from 2013 were on average employed approximately one year after graduation. In the first month after graduation, 491 graduates were employed (i.e. 3% of all 2013 graduates). Among them, almost a third of graduates came from engineering, manufacturing and construction. Among 5,253 graduates, health and welfare graduates were on average able to find a job the fastest.



Detailed data and time series are available in the SI-STAT database.
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